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Presque Isle Yacht Club -- Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Presque Isle Yacht Club

Presque Isle Yacht Club is the best location for boaters on Presque Isle Bay in Erie, PA. Easy to get to, sheltered, and close to downtown eateries, bars and culture, we know you'll find PIYC to be an excellent group of people to join or visit.

42.135714 deg. N -- 80.092255 deg. W

120 West Front Street, Erie, PA 16507


A Little History

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie and situated within one of the finest natural harbors on the Great Lakes, the Presque Isle Yacht Club is the home port for 150 members and their families. In 1944, a group of Erie boaters who rented their boat stalls from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Presque Isle State Park joined together to form Presque Isle Boat Owners Association. Their primary purpose was to improve the ailing facilities at their rented boat dockage. These members proposed to rebuild the existing docks near today's Presque Isle State Park's Nature Center Building. The project was completely funded by the newly formed Boat Owners Association. In exchange for the service the Commonwealth, the State Park, and the Harbor Commission allowed the Club the use of the property adjacent to the Nature Center. This proved to be a worthwhile partnership with the Commonwealth. Boat dockage that would have then cost the Commonwealth $125,000 in repairs was reformed and expanded into a well-designed marina at no expense to the Commonwealth.

Over the years, the Club nurtured and further expanded this facility until the late 1950's, when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania rebuilt the peninsula and created the 'new lake' in the process. The Commonwealth realized the benefits provided by the Presque Isle Yacht Club (renamed from Presque Isle Boat Owners Association) and agreed to provide the Club a lease at this newly created lake. The Club designed and built another attractive marina, using its own labor and financial resources. Eventually, the Commonwealth reappraised the use of Presque Isle State Park lands and started controlling and restricting usage. This meant that Presque Isle Yacht Club, as well as other facilities located on the peninsula, would have to seek a new home.

It was 1962 and there was still tremendous potential on Erie's under-developed waterfront. The members of Presque Isle Yacht Club formed a partnership with the City of Erie, and with the guidance and assistance of Art Gardner, Erie's Mayor, and Joe Martin, Erie's Port Administrator and former Mayor, leased property in the west canal basin at the foot of Peach Street to relocate their yacht club. Once again, club members invested their own labor and money to quickly modernize this deteriorated area. The end result of this effort was the installation of docking accommodations for one hundred forty-two member boats and ten guest stalls.

Today, the Club features a well-maintained clubhouse with restrooms, showers, kitchen, and meeting room plus other facilities for members and guests including a picnic shelter, grill area, boat lift facility, pump-out station, lighted parking lot, and gated access. Caretakers are on duty throughout the boating season to attend to the needs of members and guests. Presque Isle Yacht Club takes pride in developing and maintaining its boating facilities to the benefit of Erie's entire boating community.

Visiting boaters that stay at Presque Isle Yacht Club during the boating season generate considerable tourist revenue to many stores, restaurants, bars, and other businesses in the rejuvenated Erie downtown and bayfront. Presque Isle Yacht Club is known throughout the Great Lakes as a friendly place for visiting boats to stop, and as having the best location on Presque Isle Bay. Visit us and we think you will agree that we are truly the boaters' gateway to beautiful Presque Isle and ERIEsistible Erie!



Contact Us

Email Inquiries: commodore@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)

Mailing Address: PO Box 1075, Erie, PA 16512

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Visit Us




Email Inquiries: vicecommodore@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)


Rate: $1.50 per registered foot per night

Includes Power, Water, and WiFi


The Presque Isle Yacht Club has built a large group of friends that visit us year after year. We don't think you'll find a nicer bunch of people to dock with! Come visit us and we think you'll agree! Among our amenities:

  • Sheltered marina basin
  • Slips for boats up to 40 feet
  • (We can usually accommodate larger boats at the dock ends and in our liftwell - just give us a call)
  • 30-amp service, pump-out, water, and WiFi included in the guest rate
  • Clean and spacious washrooms, shower stalls, and kitchen
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Playground area and dog walk
  • Large, new picnic pavilion with multiple gas grills
  • Best location on the bay!
  • Easy access to bayfront and downtown restaurants, bars, and attractions (we are at the foot of State Street and on the Bayfront Highway.)


Join Us

Email Inquiries: commodore@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)


Presque Isle Yacht Club

Presque Isle Yacht Club is currently accepting applications for membership. We're a family-oriented club of around 500 people counting member spouses and children. Friendly people, good times, and a great place to keep your boat await! With events throughout the boating season (and the off-season too) there's always something fun going on. As the bayfront improves around us, so too are we in the midst of some pretty cool improvements, most recently in the form of a brand new picnic shelter facility. We are a pleasant sanctuary wrapped in a view of the bay, Dobbins Landing Tower, the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel, the Bayfront Convention Center, and Erie skyline. We are convenient to downtown and bayfront attractions, and right off of the Bayfront Highway. Our location can't be beat! PIYC is a member-run club. We do our best to use the abilities of our members to keep costs down, which also makes us one of the best deals going. Associate memberships (no boat) are also available-Contact Us!

Approximate Costs:
Membership costs include a one-time initiation fee that can be paid up front or spread out over a few years, along with annual dues, fees, and storage rates. The initial installment must accompany your application. CLICK HERE for our handy Membership Cost Calculator to get an estimate tailored to your boat and needs.

(Power and Water are included in dockage fee. Additional fees apply for keeping trailers and dinghies in the yard. Members are required to contribute (or pay for) a set minimum of annual work hours. Member sponsorship required. Email us or call us for more information and to arrange a tour. Fees and rates subject to change annually.)



Events and News

Email Inquiries: fleetcaptain@piyc.com

Phone: 814-455-7655 (ask for caretaker or club officer)

Newsletters

May 2017 Newsletter
Apr 2017 Newsletter
Mar 2017 Newsletter
Feb 2017 Newsletter
Jan 2017 Newsletter
Dec 2016 Newsletter
Nov 2016 Newsletter
Oct 2016 Newsletter
Sept 2016 Newsletter
Aug 2016 Newsletter
Jul 2016 Newsletter
Jun 2016 Newsletter

Flyers

2/11 Tubing Party
5/5 Happy Hour & Fry Party
5/28 Opening Day Ceremony




Jr Members

The mission of the Junior Members organization is to teach young boaters the beginning skills to become a safe boater. The Junior Members meet throughout each boating season to discuss current boating-related events, plan fund raisers, and have some fun. Children of ALL ages are welcome. We break into 2 groups; 9 and older and 8 and younger. The 9 and older group are responsible for the fund raisers. The 8 and younger group do hands on activities, read books, and just have fun!

Please contact Bill O'Brien at 456-1826 if you (or your son or daughter) would like to join.



PIYC Officers

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Jim Buto
Commodore
Jim Buto
Herb Torrance
Vice Commodore
Herb Torrance
Robert Wilson
Rear Commodore
Robert Wilson
Kurt Fesenmyer
Fleet Captain
Kurt Fesenmyer
Bob Green
Secretary
Bob Green
Gary Koenig
Treasurer
Gary Koenig
Dale Orengia, P/C
Board Chairman
Dale Orengia, P/C
Tony DiNicola, P/C
Board Member
Tony DiNicola, P/C
Mike Galbreath, P/C
Board Member
Mike Galbreath, P/C
Tim McGraw, P/C
Board Member
Tim McGraw, P/C
Jeromy Vogt, P/C
Board Member
Jeromy Vogt, P/C


Past Commodores

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Harold Eisert, Sr.
Harold Eisert, Sr.
1944-1950
Elmer Schmidt
Elmer Schmidt
1951
Oral Yocom
Oral Yocom
1951-1952
Henry Larson
Henry Larson
1953
Charles Resinger
Charles Resinger
1954
Frank Papp
Frank Papp
1955
Anthony Penna
Anthony Penna
1956-1957
William Stow
William Stow
1965
Charles Barcio
Charles Barcio
1967
Simion (Sam) J. Cristea
Simion (Sam) J. Cristea
1968
Nicholas Andrews
Nicholas Andrews
1969
Alvin Bax
Alvin Bax
1970
Richard Ersley
Richard Ersley
1971
Anthony DeAngelo
Anthony DeAngelo
1972
Robert Baughman
Robert Baughman
1974, 1986
Neal Hammill
Neal Hammill
1975
Joseph Skindell
Joseph Skindell
1976
James Pelkowski
James Pelkowski
1977
Albert Sarti
Albert Sarti
1978
James Higgins
James Higgins
1980
Richard DuMond
Richard DuMond
1981
Harold Eisert, Jr.
Harold Eisert, Jr.
1983
David Nishnick
David Nishnick
1984
James Flynn
James Flynn
1985
James Campbell, Jr.
James Campbell, Jr.
1987
Charles Chatham
Charles Chatham
1988
Perry Ross
Perry Ross
1989-1990
Donald May
Donald May
1991
Gerald Skolnik
Gerald Skolnik
1992
Gary Bunting
Gary Bunting
1993
Jerome Munz
Jerome Munz
1994
James Hammill
James Hammill
1995
Dale Orengia
Dale Orengia
1996
Sam Best
Sam Best
1997
Dan Krahe
Dan Krahe
1998, 2006
Ron Berarducci
Ron Berarducci
1999
Tony DiNicola
Tony DiNicola
2000, 2002
Bob Franz
Bob Franz
2001
Anne Eisert
Anne Eisert
2003
Gene Krahe, Sr.
Gene Krahe, Sr.
2004
Mark Eisert
Mark Eisert
2007
Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw
2013
Mike Galbreath
Mike Galbreath
2014-2015
Jeromy Vogt
Jeromy Vogt
2016


Harold Eisert, Sr. Boating Service Award Recipients

Harold Eisert Sr

In 1999, the Presque Isle Yacht Club established the Boating Service Award to recognize club members who have provided exemplary leadership or service to the boating community. On May 30, 1999, at the Opening Day Services, Commodore Ron Berarducci presented the first award to Harold Eisert, Sr., founding Commodore of Presque Isle Yacht Club to honor his work toward the betterment of pleasure boating over the previous 60 years. Each year a committee appointed by the Commodore chooses a deserving recipient for what is now called the Harold Eisert, Sr. Boating Service Award. Here is a list of people who have earned the award...

1999
Harold Eisert, Sr.
2000
Joe Skindell
2001
PIYC Ladies Auxiliary
2002
Harold Eisert, Jr.
2003
Jim Campbell
2004
Tony DiNicola
2005
Earl "Jerry" Galvin
2006
Anne K. Eisert
2007
Alvin H. Wright, Jr.
2008
Dan Krahe
2009
Neal Hammill
2010
Jim Howard
2011
Dale Orengia
2012
Mike Gangle
2013
Monsignor Thomas Snyderwine
2014
Bill Allen
2015
Eugene Krahe, Sr.
2016
Roger Thayer


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